Young Takes Commanding Win in Anniston

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The Elevate-KHS Pro Team sprinter Eric Young won the Sunny King Criterium, the first criterium on the Pro Road Tour series with USA Cycling. All 6 riders from the team finished in the top 15, with 5 riders finishing in the breakaway.

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Texan Kyle Swanson, a new recruit to the team for the 2019 season, started the race off with a bang by landing in the first strong breakaway of the day. This move would soon prove to be the break of the race, where he was joined by 5 other riders.

The gap to the field hovered around 30 seconds, while the field decided what the next move would be. George Simpson and Alfredo Rodriguez joined two other riders and quickly bridged across to the break, now having 3 riders up the road.

As the laps wound down, the field continued to dwindle as riders made attempts to join the breakaway. Eric Young was one of the riders motivated to join the break, and eventually rode across solo. He wasted no time in the move, riding to the front and quickly attempting to thin the riders down.

Gavin Hoover eventually joined his teammates in the move, creating the perfect scenario for a textbook leadout for sprinters Young and Rodriguez. His recent time spent racing on the velodrome for the US National Team for Individual and Team Pursuit, have forged him into powerhouse for the final laps.

Young and Rodriguez come across the finish line in 1st and 2nd with room to spare.

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You can watch the full race HERE.

These results helped to bolster the teams overall lead on the USA Cycling PRT Standings.

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Piccoli 2nd Overall at Joe Martin Stage Race

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The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team traveled to Fayetteville, AR to race the Joe Martin Stage Race. This event is the first stop on the UCI America’s Tour, as well was a pillar of the Pro Racing Tour. With a strong 7-man roster, the team was poised for 4 days of excellent racing.

The first 2 days of racing brought challenges, however. With misinformation on time gaps to breakaways up the road and the team miscalculating the time and work needed to reel the moves in, 4th places finishes were the top honors for the team on both stages. The team put all their resources behind Piccoli on stage 1, which had a steep uphill final sprint for the finish.

The 3 mile uphill time trial on stage 3 also suited Piccoli, where he finished a close 2nd by 0.6 seconds to eventual overall winner Stephen Bassett. His performance in the time trial placed him 2nd going into the 4th and final stage, a technical criterium that also finished on a steep climb which the racers had to travers each of the 30 laps. With the time gap to the yellow jersey 14 seconds, the team knew they had to try everything possible if Piccoli were to overtake the lead. In the end, Bassett proved resilient and maintained the jersey while Ulises Castillo sprinted to 2nd place on the day to finish out the tour.

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Sweep in San Dimas

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The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team made their mark on the San Dimas Stage race this past weekend. Coming off of great showings at both the Tour de Taiwan and Redlands BIcycle Classic, the team was motivated to keep the momentum going and win their first yellow jersey of the season.The San Dimas Stage Race begins with a 4.25 mile uphill time trial on Glendora Mountain Road, an iconic climb in the Southern California mountains. James Piccoli clocked the fastest time of the day by 3 seconds, placing him in the lead going into stage 2. The San Dimas Hospital Road Race is notorious for the technicality of the course, as well as the challenging conditions and strain the combination puts on the field. With strong competitors within striking distance of the yellow jersey and multiple time bonuses up for grabs within the race, the team rode aggressively to place Ulises Castillo in a strong 3-man breakaway. This move lasted to the finish line and Ulises shed the last of his break away companions heading into the long finishing straightaway, winning the stage solo. He had enough of a gap on the field as well as time bonuses from the laps he spent in the break, that he moved into the overall lead for the final stage in downtown San Dimas.

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The stage 3 Criterium is dynamic with several time bonuses up for grabs, and a course that makes a breakaway hard to catch once they are out of sight. The team was in a great position with Ulises in the lead and teammate Piccoli 2nd on GC 17 seconds down. The overarching goal was to retain yellow for the team and win the stage.

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James launched an attack that would soon develop the breakaway of the day. The gap began to grow and as the lap cards went up, James attacked the break and rode the final laps solo, finishing with the 3rd win in as many stages for the team. In the peloton, the team set up the sprint where Alfredo Rodriguez finished 2, winning the bunch sprint, and Ulises just behind in 4th.

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Once the time bonuses for the day were tallied, James Piccoli would again wear the yellow jersey and Ulises Castillo held onto 2nd Overall while also winning the Green Sprinter Jersey. The team is now preparing to race the UCI America Tour Joe Martin Stage Race in Fayetteville, Arkansas where they plan to continue their podium performances. Follow the Team on Social Media: Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatekhscycling/

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Success in Taiwan

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The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team returned to the Tour de Taiwan for the 3rd year with big aspirations. The 5 day UCI 2.1 event is the first stop on the UCI Asia Tour and an exciting venture for the team abroad.

The tour proved to be a successful campaign with James Piccoli winning the Queen Stage on day four, finishing 2nd on the General Classification and Eric Young sprinting to two photo finishes 2nd places on stages 1 and 5.

The team took advantage of previous course knowledge and fine-tuned leadout to control the final kilometers on stage 1. Eric finished a close 2nd with teammate Alfredo Rodriguez 4th, beginning the race in exciting fashion.

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On stage 4, the team was committed to giving climber James Piccoli all their resources to ensure he was ready for the penultimate climb and run in to the finish. James attacked multiple times on the steep climbs in the final kilometers, but could not put enough distance between himself and the hard charging reduced bunch.

With only a few kilometers left, and where the gradient of the course softened, James used the momentum of the bunch to launch one final attack. The surge caught the group off guard and he quickly gained a sizable gap. He buried his head, turning on the after burners to win the stage by a few bike length.

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The 5th and final stage is the longest of the tour at just under 200k. Being a relatively flat course, the finish was sure to come down to a sprint. Again, the team focused on conserving all their resources to shepard Eric to the finish line. The sprint came down to a bike throw again, with Eric narrowly finishing 2nd on the stage.

The team wrapped up the 2019 Tour de Taiwan as the most successful UCI campaign to date, with gained motivation and confidence heading into the Joe Martin Stage Race and Tour of the Gila.

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Tour of Taiwan Preview

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling team will be racing the Tour de Taiwan March 17-21st. This the third time the team has traveled to Taiwan to compete in the UCI 2.1 stage race that is the first stop of the UCI Asia Tour.

Roster:

Alfredo Rodriguez

Brian McCulloch

Eric Young

George Simpson

James Piccoli

Ulises Castillo

Each stage will be shown live through the Tour de Taiwan YouTube Channel.

Note: Taiwan is 15-hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time, the times below are adjusted to that time zone.

Stage 1: March 17th

Taipei City

83Km

Start Time: Saturday March 16th, 6:15PM PST

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Stage 2: March 18th

Taoyuan City

118Km

Start Time: Sunday March 17th, 6:30PM PST

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Stage 3: March 19th

Taiwan Romantic Route

156Km

Start Time: Monday March 18th 6:30PM

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Stage 4: March 20th

Nantoe County

166Km

Start Time: Tuesday March 19th, 6:30PM PST

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Stage 5: March 21st

Pingtung County

193Km

Start Time: Wednesday March 20th, 6:30PM

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